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‘Special Filly’ Venetian Harbor Targets Santa Anita Oaks En Route To Kentucky

To no one’s surprise, Richard Baltas has Oaks on his mind after Venetian Harbor’s smashing 9 ¼-length triumph in Saturday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile, the first race around two turns in the three-race career for the daughter of Munnings. Sent off as the 3-10 favorite at Santa Anita, Venetian Harbor went […]

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Venetian Harbor Impresses Over Two Turns In Las Virgenes

In a thoroughly dominant performance, heavily favored Venetian Harbor went to the early lead and never relinquished it, waltzing home to a 9 ¼ victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Richard Baltas, the 3-year-old daughter of Munnings got a flat mile in […]

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Racing’s Newest Millionaire, United Digs In To Take San Marcos

LNJ Foxwoods’ United scored a popular victory  at odds of 4-5 in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita, digging in for the stretch run to win by a half-length on the wire. It marks the first stakes victory for the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, whose last two starts in the G2 […]

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Thousand Words Fights Hard In Robert B. Lewis To Give Baffert His 3,000th Victory

Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm’s Thousand Words had to dig deep for his win in Saturday’s Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, fending off the late run of 18-1 longshot Royal Act to win by three-quarters of a length on the wire. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Thousand Words ran 1 1/16 miles over Santa […]

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Eurton’s Newly Crowned 2-Year-Old Champion Sets Sights On Sophomore Debut

A longshot no more, trainer Peter Eurton’s Santa Anita-based Storm the Court was an overwhelming 147-51 selection as the nation’s Eclipse Award champion outstanding 2-year-old male, as announced Thursday night at the 49th annual Eclipse Awards gala held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. By Court Vision, out of the Tejano Run mare My […]

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‘Big Work’ Has Higher Power Ready For Pegasus Challenge

Hronis Racing’s Higher Power put in a five-furlong breeze in :59.60 on Saturday that has trainer John Sadler excited about next weekend’s Pegasus World Cup, reports drf.com. The 5-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro will ship to South Florida on Tuesday. “I loved it,” Sadler told drf.com. “(Jockey Flavien) Prat was on him for his second consecutive […]

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Texas Wedge Makes Triumphant Return To California In Joe Hernandez Stakes

A handful early, favored Texas Wedge rallied from off the pace to take Wednesday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., by three quarters of a length under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old Colonel John gelding returned from an extended stay in Kentucky to get 5 […]

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Espinoza: Bellafina ‘Ran An Awesome Race’ In Defeat

Victor Espinoza was happy to pick up the mount on 3-5 favorite Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park, but understandably disappointed she finished second to 11-1 shot Hard Not to Love, who rallied from ninth and last at the half-mile marker to win by 2 ¼ lengths. “The race […]

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‘Excited’ Espinoza Picks Up La Brea Mount On 9-5 Favorite Bellafina

Victor Espinoza, his smile and attitude bright as ever, is looking forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts today. “My health and business are both good,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member as his agent, Brian Beach, looked on. “I’m excited to be back again and looking forward to winning as many races […]

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